Decision-making Support for Forest Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration Policy and Management in Europe: Trade-offs and Synergies at the Forest-Biodiversity-Climate-Water Nexus

Despite ambitious global and EU policy targets, biodiversity is under increasing threat. Biodiversity decline and degradation of ecosystems continue at an alarming rate, especially in forests that harbour 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity worldwide. Only 0,7 percent of forests in Europe are in a primary condition; many primary and old growth forests lack effective protection and the majority of forest habitat and species in protected (Natura 2000) as well as managed forests are in a non-favourable conservation status. Enhanced conservation and restoration of forest habitats, species and functions are essential for biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services.

Duration:        01/03/2022 – 31/03/2025

Total Grant:   € 1,246,023

BIOCONSENT @IUFRO2024 World Congress

It is important to improve the representation of forest owners' and managers' behaviour  in forest models in order to provide a better decision support system. Modelling on this issue is one of our research topics in BIOCONSENT and less than two weeks ago, Yasmin Imparato Maximo presented her work at #IUFRO2024. Hans Verkerk, Chief Scientist and work package 3 leader from BIOCONSENT moderated the session (08.07.24)

BIOCONSENT project meeting in Ljubljana November 2023

In November 2023, the project members of BIOCONSENT and its sister project LEARNFORCLIMATE met in Ljubljana to discuss current progress, challenges and future tasks of both projects and to create further synergies between them.

The project

On this website you can find detailed information on the BIOCONSENT project. Here an overview:

Our Approach

Our Consortium

Our Case Studies

Our Topics and desired Policy Impact


BIOCONSENT is supported by Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership, jointly developed by BiodivERsA and the European Commission as part of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 to support excellent biodiversity research with societal and policy implications.

Forest Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration Policy and Management in Europe

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